Mush: from sled dogs to celiac,
One of the things I admire most about Tara Caimi’s memoir Mush is what it is not. Mush follows Tara’s life as it slowly spins out of control and she’s sucked into a downward spiral of disappointment, stress, and physical illness that nearly kills her. But Tara is a survivor. She lives to write about the whole mess—with candor and with only the best intentions. Without bitterness, self-pity, and negativity. Mush is not another “poor-me” memoir.
Adventuring does not come easily to us all, as we learn by following Tara Caimi on her journey to mountainous Mormon country. Caimi, in her engaging and honest memoir, offers glimpses into the niche world of dog mushing while revealing that, sometimes, appreciation of someone else’s dream doesn’t require participation. — Brandi Dawn Henderson, Editor of Whereabouts: Stepping Out of Place and (T)here: Writings on Returnings
You’re going to want to tag along on this transformative trail that is Tara’s life. Sometimes she’s the musher, sometimes she’s not—but she ended up right where she needed to be: at a desk to capture an adventure that’s often as rough as the Utah terrain, yet, at other times, sparkly and smooth as a twilight sled ride. Tara’s debut memoir bubbles with beautiful language that captures the breathtaking mountainous desert scenery that surrounds her, and her writing is just as vivid when she describes what’s happening on the inside—from her head to her heart to her gut. This Tara-in-transition is nothing short of courageous, but she also is never afraid to show her vulnerabilities, and never hesitates to stop, even just for a moment, to revel in childlike wonder as she’s introduced to new places, new people and new customs. Her words—her memories—bring these settings, these characters to life. Herself included. Mush is a heartfelt story of dogs, dirt roads and dreams—of health, hope and home.
196 pages, $17.95
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